Honeywell in Plymouth Township and LG Electronics Demo Automotive Cybersecurity Solution

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Honeywell, which operates a large manufacturing facility in Plymouth Township, and LG Electronics Inc., which operates a technical center in Troy and will open a battery manufacturing facility in Hazel Park this year, today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and demonstrate a new automotive software technology and infrastructure solution to address threats associated with the increase in vehicle connectivity technology.

The two companies showcased a collaborative cybersecurity solution at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, and at the recently concluded 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

LG and Honeywell say they will provide automakers with a next generation cybersecurity solution for system communications within the vehicle, as well as an increasing amount of external communications via cellular and satellite connectivity.

The two companies are focused on the needs of the auto industry to cover the entire cybersecurity chain from individual gateway protection through threat monitoring of fleets.

The solution to be developed by the collaboration will integrate LG’s intrusion, detection, and protection software (IDPS) technology for securing vehicle hardware from external attacks with Honeywell’s IDPS solutions for securing internal vehicle communication and control networks along with its security monitoring and analytics capabilities for security operation centers.

“LG Electronics has recognized the importance of automotive cybersecurity as cars are increasingly connected to external networks to provide rich services to end users,” says Lee Woo-Jong, president of the Vehicle Components Company of LG Electronics. “In order to provide secure products to our OEM customers, we have been heavily investing on cybersecurity of both software and hardware and offering highly secure products to our OEMs.

“We have experience in providing various automotive security solutions for ECU/TCU and external network protection.  By integrating Honeywell’s security software with LGE’s security solutions, we expect to provide a next generation cybersecurity solution that protects the entire vehicle from external and internal networks as well as the ECU/TCU system and application layers.”

The collaborative solution, the companies say, will help ensure passenger vehicle safety and security by identifying and validating software commands and data generated by the more than 100 million lines of code that govern modern vehicle operation.

LG’s electrical gateways and security modules, telematics control unit (TCU), and electronic control unit (ECU) can be an effective toolset for detecting and reporting anomalies preceding a mechanical failure or intentional hack of the vehicle.

Honeywell’s software detects anomalies and protects in-vehicle network traffic when the global security operation centers receive captured data transmitted in either real time or via a scheduled download.

Thee security centers monitor large fleets to provide analytics coupled with an understanding of underlying issues to provide effective remediation options to automakers.

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